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The Way to Santiago from the origin of the French Way
One of the most popular Jacobean routes is the French Way. Many people think that this route has its origin in Roncesvalles, however its first original stage is in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, in French
territory. From this beautiful town there are more than 700 kilometres to be covered to reach the Cathedral of Santiago, a challenge that more and more pilgrims decide to take on.
While walking the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago from Roncesvalles is already an experience in itself, from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port you will not miss any detail of the essence of the French route. From this town you can discover from the Atlantic Pyrenees to the plains of Castile and Leon, to finish with the lush landscape offered by the Galician community where the Cathedral of Santiago is located.
When to do the Way from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port?
One of the first things to take into account when doing the Camino de Santiago from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is the time we need to walk all its stages. Many people decide to divide the route into small sections and then resume the route from one of the most popular starting points. In this way they can enjoy the beauty of the French route in its entirety without having to spend more than a month on the Camino de Santiago.
Another important point to consider is the time of year in which we will do the Camino de Santiago from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. For this we must think that we are going to start from the Pyrenees and then cross much of the central plateau so we must avoid both winter and summer. The best times of the year to walk this route in its entirety are autumn and spring, as the average temperatures are maintained and there is less risk of precipitation.
All the stages of the Way of Saint James from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
The stages from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port coincide in their entirety with the stages of the French route, as it is the origin of this popular route. Many choose Roncesvalles as the starting point so as not to have to leave Spain to walk the Way of St. James, but more and more people are taking the step.
- Stage 1: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port - Roncesvalles
- Stage 2: Roncesvalles - Zubiri
- Stage 3: Zubiri - Pamplona
- Stage 4: Pamplona - Puente la Reina
- Stage 5: Puente la Reina - Estella
- Stage 6: Estella - Los Arcos
- Stage 7: Los Arcos - Logroño
- Stage 8: Logroño - Nájera
- Stage 9: Nájera - Santo Domingo de la Calzada
- Stage 10: Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Belorado
- Stage 11: Belorado - San Juan de Ortega
- Stage 12: San Juan de Ortega - Burgos
- Stage 13: Burgos - Hornillos del Camino
- Stage 14: Hornillos del Camino - Castrojeriz
- Stage 15: Castrojeriz - Frómista
- Stage 16: Frómista - Carrión de los Condes
- Stage 17: Carrión de los Condes - Moratinos
- Stage 18: Moratinos - El Burgo Ranero
- Stage 19: El Burgo Ranero - Mansilla
- Stage 20: Mansilla - León
- Stage 21: León - Villadangos
- Stage 22: Villadangos - Astorga
- Stage 23: Astorga - Rabanal del Camino
- Stage 24: Rabanal del Camino - Molinaseca
- Stage 25: Molinaseca - Villafranca del Bierzo
- Stage 26: Villafranca del Bierzo - O Cebreiro
- Stage 27: O Cebreiro - Tricastela
- Stage 28: Tricastela - Sarria
- Stage 29: Sarria - Portomarín
- Stage 30: Portomarín - Palas de Rei
- Stage 31: Palas de Rei - Arzúa
- Stage 32: Arzúa - O Pedrouzo
- Stage 33: O Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela
If for lack of time or experience you still do not dare to do the Camino de Santiago from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, there are many other very popular points along the French Way. One of the most chosen by pilgrims are O Cebreiro and Sarria, as well as others further afield such as Pamplona.
How to travel to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port from the main Spanish cities?
Although Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is actually in France, it is quite easy to reach this French village from Spain. There are several bus routes from Pamplona to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port while you can also go directly to Roncesvalles first to cover the kilometres between the two places by taxi.
- Distance from Madrid to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port: 438.80 km
- Distance from Barcelona to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port: 453.20 km
- Distance from Valencia to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port: 513,50 km
- Distance from Seville to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port: 913.40 km